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senator wendy davis rocketed to national prominence in june after she temporarily derailed a republican bill to impose tough new restrictions on abortions. >> laws are to create justice for all. >> we also received this written testimony. >> there is a medical necessity. women need timely access. >> woodruff: davis's 11-hour filibuster made her an instant hit in her party, and in october, she declared for governor. since then, she's faced scrutiny after parts of her personal story turned out to be inaccurate. texas voters also choose u.s. senate nominees tomorrow. incumbent republican john cornyn is expected to defeat a primary challenge by tea party congressman steve stockman. cornyn will also be favored in the general election. and in the governor's race, a recent university of texas-texas tribune poll gives abbott the lead over davis in november. >> woodruff: we take a closer look at the gubernatorial battle in the lone star state with wayne slater, senior political writer for the dallas morning news. wayne, welcome back to the program. tell us a little bit more about this governor'
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on tuesday, and a candidate and standing out. wendy davis, gained tension when she staged a filibuster for abortion rights. >> wendy davis staged a filibuster last summer, sparking a movement for men and women across the state. >> you all have inspired every member in the senate democratic caucus. >> riding that momentum davis threw her hat in the ring to become texas governor. >> i'm proud to announce my candidacy to be the 4th governor of this... >> she has gotten attention. 27% of funds came from outside of texas, compared to abbott's 2%. some political strategists say it may not be enough. cal jill son is a political scientists at smu and explains the democratic hopes of turning the state purple is wishful thinking. >> the problem she has is texas is a conservative state, even if you think it's heading to a competitive, democratic state 25 years from now. >> rubbing on a story of struggle davis advocates for improved education. >> by the time i was 19 i was on my way to a divorce, living in a tiny trailer with my daughter amber. >> greg abbott attacked davis's hard-luck biology as
on his tuesday and one candidate is really sticking out. democratic state senator wendy davis gained national attention when she staged a one-woman filibuster for abortion rights. brandon has her story. >> reporter: democratic texas state senator wendy davis stages an 11-hour fill bust tore protect abortion rights last summer. her activity sparked a movement for women and mena cross the state. >> you all have inspired every member in the senate democratic caucus. >> reporter: ride that go momentum she threw her hat in the ring to become texas governor. >> i am proud to announce my candidacy to the fourth eight governor of this great state. >> reporter: she has gotten attention nationwide. 27% of funds she raised last month came from outside the texas compared to abbott's 2%, still some political strategists say it ma may not be enough. hal explains the democratic hopes of turning the state purple any time soon is wishful thinking. >> the problem that she has really is that texas is currently a conservative state. even if you think it's headed toward a competitive state, make a democr
is certainly standing out. state senator wendy davis gained national attention when she staged a filibuster on abortion right. >> to protection abortion rights last summer. her activities sparked a movement for women and men across the state. >> you all have inspired every member in the senate democratic caucus. >> the honorable wendy davis. >> riding that momentum, davis took that hat in the ring to become texas governor. >> i proudly announce my candidacy -- >> 27% of funds she raised last month came from outside of texas compared to abbott's 2%, still some political strategists say it pay not be enough. cal gilson is a political scientist and professor at smu. >> the problem she has really is texas is currently a conservative state even though you think it's headed to a competitive state, a democratic state 20, 25 years from now. >> davis advocates for improved educational priorities. >> by the time i was 19 i was heading for a divorce living in my tiny trailer with my daughter amber. >> she really didn't divorce until the age of 21 and released a web video portraying the state senator a
is on to get the voters out to the polls. hydedy, literally all eyes are sort of on state senator wendy davis, right? who seems to be carries the hopes of at least the democrat party on her shoulders. >> yi, she is. they have been working all day to get out the vote for her. don't be fooled by this lull that is happening behind me, the action has been going on all day. where they say every inch pushed, every phone call made, matters because they are frying to get out the vote not just for today's primary, which wendy davis will win, but also looking ahead into november that's when davis will face off with her assumed republican opponent, the heavily favors greg abbott. texas democrats say this election season is still early, and they hope to carry p the momentum forward. >> hi, this is the dallas county county. >> the phones are ringing off the hook. and the pizza is flying out of the box. the headquarters of the dallas county democratic party is in full on election mode. >> pretty buzzed up right now. >> early voting numbers are promised. here in dallas and in other counties turn out among d
race is for governor. and heidi zhou castro is there, and heidi, wendy davis has to win the primary? >> absolutely, del, and that will happen today. such is the loyalty behind her candidacy, that even bureaucrat she announced her candidacy, the democrats already closed ranks around here. completely different story when we look ahead to november when she faces off against the heavily favored greg abbott. texas democrats say the season is early, though, and they hope to carry their current momentum forward. the phones are ringing off of the hook, and the pizza is flying out of the box. the headquarters of the dallas county democratic party is in full-on election mode. >> i'm pretty buzzed right now. >> reporter: early voting numbers are promising. here in dallas, turnout among democrats is on track to surpass that of the 2012 presidential primary. the excitement is over wendy davis who famously filibustered for abortion rights and now is on the ballot for governor. >> we got that fire, and i think that's what is making a difference. >> reporter: carman sees davis as texas democrats be
is on that to surpass that of the 2012 presidential election. it's excitement over wendy davis. who is now on the ballot for governor. >> we have got that fire, and i think that's what is making a difference. >> reporter: carman -- sees davis as the best hope in 20 years. texas is one of the reddest states in the country. but she sees it differently. >> i see it purple. i have seen people become more politically involved in the last year. >> reporter: the last time that texans voted for governor was in 2010 in the lowest turnout in the nation. and half of texas democrats vote in gubernatorial primaries as texas republicans, which is why walking the streets of heavily democratic neighborhoods is the focus of this man. >> there has probably been a lot of depression in the democratic party, why bother? we're not going to win. this is a list of folks -- >> reporter: dalton and his team are optimistic that november matchup could be an upset. the republicans see that as wishful thinking. >> the democrats were serious about having wendy davis in a state-wide office, they would have put her in an office she cou
attorney general gray abbott and likely democratic opponent wendy davis are running with nominal opposition. they're using today's primary to kickoff their gubernato are. ial campaigns. the real test of the establishment versus the tea party, three republicans are taking on the incumbent, david dewhurst, lane commissioner jerry patterson. they believe he is beatable, especially after he lost the campaign against senator ted cruz. >> the office of the governor is supposedly the most powerful in the state and a republican has held it over a decade. why haven't the issues of border secure, debt and real tax relief passed? >> dewhurst thanked the obama administration for federal stimulus money. dewhurst owes staff over $1 million and won't pay his bills. >> i'm running for lieutenant governor because there's a vacuum of leadership in austin. texas needs real conservative leadership. >> with a runoff almost certain in that lg race, dewhurst, dan patrick running second in many polls, has been a target of jerry patterson, who hired a private investigator, who claimed he he hire d them while in the
. primary colors, voters head to the polls in the lone star state. gubernatorial candidate wendy davis is already looking ahead to november and the third wheel in the race, ted nugent. >> we're all responsible for our actions and he has reflected by associating himself with a person like ted nugent, what his values really are. >>> oscar pistorius breaks down in court during day two in the murder trial of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the victim's mother speaks out about seeing the blade runner face to face for first time in court. >> i wanted to see oscar face to face and that he would know that i was there. and i can't explain to you why but that is the reason. >>> good day, i'm chris matthews in for andrea mitchell. >>> describing ukraine's political crisis as a result of a constitutional coup. >>> the president was also asked about putin's statements and said this. >> there is a strong believe that russia aegs action is violating international law. >> andrea mitchell joins me by phone in kiev with the secretary of state. andrea, thank you. you just saw the press conference. what
wendy davis wants to turn it blue. can she do it and can the tea party help her. >>> we start with ukraine. in particular, the u.s. response not just to russian troops but vladimir putin claims that there are no russian troops in crimea. this morning the russian leader held court, stunning the world with a claim that russian troops do not occupy crimea. rather, those armed troops that people see in front of them and on their tvs, those are pro russian local forces of self-defense. president obama appearing at a function had this to say regarding putin's claim. >> there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. i know president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> secretary of state john kerry who arrived in kiev also dispute putin's claim when he was asked about it by my colleague, andrea mitchell. >> it's clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. russia has talked about russian-speaking minority cit
is the son of former florida governor jeb bush. >>> in the high-profile texas governor's race wendy davis will face texas attorney general greg abbott. davis gained national attention for her hours long speech on the floor of the texas legislature last summer there vying to replace rick perry not seeking re-election after 14 years in office. >>> president obama travels to connecticut today to push for an increase in the minimum wage. that's after the president sent congress a $3.9 trillion budget that includes new spending for pre-k program, job training and about $300 billion to repair the nation's aging infrastructure. republicans say there is no chance it will pass. >>> abc news poll out this morning shows record support for gay marriage. the shift in opinion is speeding up with 59% of americans now supporting same-sex marriage. just 34% opposed. 81% say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gaiss and lesbians based on religious belief as recently vetoed by that arizona governor in that proposed bill. >>> sad as it is to say another mardi gras has wrapped up in new orle
on her shoulders. >> texas has not had a democratic governor for two decades. they see wendy davis as a viable candidate. she will win today's democratic primary, she's fired up the base. most insiders forecast her losing to greg abbot by double digits in november. democrats say this election season is early and they hope to carry the momentum forward. >> this is the dallas county democratic party. >> the phones are ringing off the hook. the pizza is flying out of the box. the headquarters of the dallas county democratic party is in full-on election mode. >> i'm pretty buzzed up right now. >> early voting members are promising here in dallas and in other urban counties across texas turnout among democrats is on track to pass that of the 2012 presidential primary. election watchers chalk it up to excitement over wendy davis, the democratic state senator who famously filibusters for abortion rights and now is on the ballot for governor. >> we've got that fire. i think that's making a difference. >> she is seen as the democrats best hope in 20 years. that's how long democrats have con
there and give you a sneak peek at our exclusive with texas's wendy davis. stay tuned forehead lines. >> the ukrainian prime minister says we're on the brink of disaster. >> secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion. >> are you willing to show solidarity with the ukrainians. >> absolutely. >> this is a conversation about obama's leadership pure and simple. >> we have a weak and indecisive president. >> president obama needs to do something. >> i would hope americans would focus on condemning the actions of putin. >> winter showing no signs of slowing down. >> this is part of a massive storm system. >> approaching 5 feet of snow. i'm tired and it's in march. >> dramatic testimony on day one of the oscar pistorius murder trial in south africa. >> a tragic mistake driven by his fear of crime and vulnerability. >> and the oscar goes to -- "12 years a slave". >> no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. >> look at us. >> ready? >> today the tug of war over ukraine continues and international stability could hang in the balance. it is three days into what the white house
greg abbott, the republican, and wendy davis, the front running democrat, are likely to win easily the nominations. there are some ballot race that is are terrifically competitive. the lieutenant governor's race has -- republican side, has four candidates, including the incumbent lieutenant governor. they have all, as our headline suggest, moved as far to the right as they can in a strong appeal to texas primary voters who, in the republican party, are quite conservative. if you're here in austin or dallas or houston, your television is full of television ads in which virtually every republican candidate from lieutenant governor to agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and the railroad commissioner are featuring basically three things. one is a bible, one is a gun, and one is an assurance that they don't like barack obama. so that's really the message on the republican side. the or headline is the national level. they'd jud cornyn, the incumbent u.s. senator, is being challenged by a number of republicans, including congressman steve stockman, who had hoped to be a strong tea
is now set for democrat wendy davis versus republican greg abbott for governor, and that's to say nothing of another winner with one of the most famous names in american politics. let's bring in aisha and chip saltsman. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start with the big name, big talker, george p. bush, son of jeb, winning the race for land commissioner, which is a big deal in texas. his grandfather tweeting last night, "we couldn't be prouder tonight, good man, hard worker. he'll do a great job if elected." chip, this, obviously, brings up the dynasty question and whether this is just the beginning for george p. bush. >> well, we hope so, and certainly his last name didn't hurt him last night in texas and he was smart in running for a down ballot ticket, important office where he can make his political and policy chops and we expect great things in the future. >> do you have doubt this is just the start for him. >> no, but if his values reflect the values of his family, i'm afraid during the bush years, $600 billion was made by the oil industry and now that he's
in several states. the most high-profile race is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic nomination for governor. >>> it is fat tuesday, annual mardi gras parade bourbon street already packed with partier s partiers. >>> bill gates once again is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion. >>> national corvette museum has begun removing the eight corvettes that fell into a 40-foot wide sinkhole. >> all that -- >> a couple of plows demonstrating what i -- >> ooh! >> what i said hitting us. all right. there you go. >>> 7 of 7. can he do it again? >> yes! the highest scoring game in history, lebron's 61. >> and all that matters. >> controversial toronto mayor rob ford made an unexpected stop. >> i heard you dressed like a magician. >> on "cbs this morning." >> bonjourno. >> in a speech pop francis accidentally said the "f" word in italian. when told about his mistake, the pope said no [ bleep ] [ laughter ] >> announcer: presented by toyota. let's go places. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." good morning, nor w
that of the 2012 presidential primary. election watchers chalk it unto excitement, over wendy davis, the democratic state senate who famously filibusters for abortion rights. and is now on the ballot for governor. >> we have that fire, and i think that's what with is making a difference. awe uh awe making it one of the reddest states in the country. >> living in texas, i see it purple. i see more people become more politically involved in the last year. >> the last time that texanss voted for governor was in 2010. but only 38% of registered voters cast a ballot. that made it the lowest voter turn out in the nation. and historically, half as many democrats vote in gubernatorial primaries as do texas republicans. there's probably been a lot of depression in the party, why bother, we won't win. >> even now as she trails by 11 points in the polls, dalton and his team are optimistic, that november match up could be a upset. if they were serious, they would have put her in a race she could win. >> they are encouraging that by 2020, more hispanics and more young people like zack bull lard will become elig
the coins to such a theft. >> polls in texasar closed. the race for governor will head to a run off. wendy davis, and greg abbott won their primaries. doug core den defeated stockman. he faces a run off for what could be the third term. the next round of elections are set for may 27th. >> a family feud escalated into a lawsuit. an 18-year-old new jersey team is suing her parents for high school and college tuition. the court's decision could set a precedent for future parenting. >> teenagers and their parents are bound to have disagreements. they don't usually end up in course, it's not the case for the canings, 18-year-old rachel is suing her parents. her mum and dad ticked her out of the house, refusing to pay her tuition at a catholic high school where she's an honour student and is refusing to pay for college. rachel asked a judge to make them pay with present and future schooling along with $650 in child support, and $13,000 in legal fees. her attorney says rachel's parents had basically abandoned her. >> these people have not called her, not come to see her. they have not sent a penn
will be the republican nominee for governor and will run against democrat wendy davis. democrats believe they have a chance to turn the state from red to blue for the first time in three decades. tuesday marked the blowout at mardi gras. the city had been celebrating since mid february. revelers had to deal with colder temperatures and rain. "america tonight" is coming up next. ". >> on american tonight, face-off, ratcheting up the pressure as ukrainian and forces with russian ties stand firm. the diplomatic temperature rises, too. also tonight, not so neighborly. the bay area's boon, while it's driving real estate prices to heights you won't believe. and residents right out of the neighborhood. >> we are here today to say that the city, the tech industry needs to work with tenants to do more to stop displacement and growing out of it. when aut
. republicans chose greg abbott to succeed rick perry. wendy davis coasted to the democratic nomination. >>> it's 7:19.7:19 ahead, the $100 million bet to legalize gambling and what it hat may mean for the mob. first, time to check your local weather. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by party city. nobody has more st. patrick's day for less. >>> a new battle over tenure for teachers. >> ahead, how students are now leading a contentious fight. >> the news is back in the morning here on "cbs this morning." stay tuned for your local news. >> announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by allergan. talk to your doctor today about chronic migraine. botox® is an fda-approved treatment that significantly reduces headache days for adults with chronic migraine 15 or more headache days a month each lasting 4 hours or more. it's proven to actually prevent headache days. and it's injected by a doctor once every 3 months. the effects of botox® (onabotulinumtoxina) may spread hours to weeks after injection causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away as
can follow us on twitter. >>> the votes have been counted in texas, wendy davis will face republican greg abbott. abbott has come under fire for campaigning with rock star ted nugent. >>> the state house with vote on a water protection spill in west virginia. robert and i have in charleston, and what does this bill specifically propose? >> reporter: del, it's been a long few days for the politicians here in west virginia, the bill went through the judiciary committee over the weekend, and then it hit the finance committee and sort of came to a bit of a halt, but basically it proposes that all above storage chemical tanks here in the state will be due to yearly inspections. there were a couple of things that were stripped that are a bit of controversy here right now. the finance committee removed long-term medical monitoring, which was a major thing that environmentalists, and citizens wanted, because they just weren't sure as to what the long-term effects of the chemicals that were spilled were. and early-warning system detection of chemicals into the river or water supply has always
it up to excitement for wendy davis. the senator who filibustered for abortion rates an rights and isn line for governor. >>> texas is one of the reddest states in the country. >> as living in texas i see it purple. i see people become more politically involved in the last year. >> reporter: the last time texans voted for governor was in 2010 when 38% of registered voters cast a ballot. that made it the lowest voter turnout in the nation. and historically as many as half vote in primaries as texas republicans. which is why walking the streets of heavily democratic neighborhoods is the focus of campaign consultant jeff dalton. >> there has probably been a lot of depression in the democratic party. why bother, we're not going to win. >> reporter: as she trails greg abbott by 11 points in the poll, dalton and his team of volunteers are optimistic the november matchup could be an upset. the republicans see that as wishful thinking. >> the democrats were serious about having wendy davis in a statewide office. they would have put her in a race she could win. >> reporter: democrats, though, s
. >> and the showdown in the great state of texas. democrat wendy davis will take on republican greg abbott in the race for governor. our first read team says primary night was a good night for establishment republicans, not so much for the tea party. mark murray will join us and we'll get mark's insight on the explosive exchange between elijah cummings and darrell issa that we just witnessed on the hill. join the conversation. what do you think of this moment? we'll play a bit more of what happened during that hearing. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you're watching one of the biggest financial services companies in the country at work. hey. thanks for coming over. hey. [ male announcer ] how did it come to be? yours? ah. not anymore. it's a very short story. come on in. [ male announcer ] by meeting you more than halfway. it's how edward jones makes sense of investing. on expedia you can book any flight, car and hotel together to save even more. plus, get an extra $100 when you build your custom trip. expedia, find yours. yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awes
not and no one should count out wendy davis who has run -- >> go for it. make a case. can she win? >> -- in a district twice that was 53% republican. she is now running for governor of texas. we never saw energy of the type of the sort of the size that we saw when wendy davis did the filibuster. there were hundreds of thousands of people who showed up. and let me tell you, women are mad in texas. democrats are mad in texas. people who have not voted in a very long time are mad in texas. and the best thing that could happen is to have the farthest right wing fruitcake on the ticket run against her. >> is that greg abbott you described? >> he is one of them. with greg we can go after him on the redistricting and fighting the medicaid expansion. there will be a litany of issues that people are angry about. those are the people who are starting to turn out the vote and have a lot of excitement about wendy at the top of this ticket. >> thanks for coming on. state representative donna dukes. i'm going to learn that name and hear it many times. anyway, thank you wayne slater. you always
or abortion rights factor wendy davis is running. >>> the creation museum and founder ken ham in in genesis say they have finally raised enough money to bridging in the building. they are making a noah's ark theme park. the 500 acre park will feature live animal shows and a first century village. it will open the summer of 2016. >> my little boys would love that. >> nearly breaking a show record ar sha arkansas cha -- he wouldn't kno 58,000 dollars. it is the second biggest amount ever won in a single day. the record stands at 77,000 dollars. strategy of picking the high dollar amounts and seeking out dale will he doubles 230,000 dollars total. critics say that strategy he uses is simply unfair. >> you better bundle up before you leave the house. millions waking up to windchills below zero. >> tracking another storm. >> busy couple of days here at the weather center. we have a storm system impacting the west today and over the next couple days it produces all kinds of weather for the planes and eventually in the northeast. the current temperatures you mentioned them below zero. 23 degrees b
groups are -- wendy davis have been called abortion barbie, and allison grimes who was called an empty dress. meanwhile, there are signs of division between the republican party's mainstream and its right wing. senator ted cruise of texas refused to endorse the senior senator from texas in his re-election bid against a tea party challenger. >> i'm leeblg going to stay out, and that is true outside of texas and inside of texas many congressional races. i like john cornyn. he and i have worked together very closely. we've agreed on the vast majority of things. there are some areas in which we've disagreed. >> cruz has been criticized for involving himself in other races. >>> well, we have a new troef of text messages that's been released in the george washington bridge scandal, and it shows more vin district courtive language. you'll remember ann kelly famously wrote time for traffic problems in fort lee. in this wave of texts that began six days later wildstein and kelly have -- wildstein said the rabbi has officially pissed me off. kelly said leerl we can't cause traffic problems in fr
, though, the most high profile race of the day is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic election for governor. they will see if any way democrats can win in a deeply red state. >>> this morning bad numbers for both parties. nearly 7 in 10 americans say republicans are out of touch with their needs from new "the washington post"/abc news poll put way below markings for democrats. on the issue? democrats hold a slight edge when it comes to helping the middle class and health care policy. voters are split evenly who is best for the economy. all that isn't translating into an advantage for the democrats, especially in those closely divided senate races. half of voters in states with a senate election say they prefer a republican candidate and 42% said they would vote for a democrat. >>> let's take you now to south africa where the murder trial of blade runner olympian winner oscar pistorious begins second day. powerful system from the athlete's neighbor marked day one. she said she heard four gunshots and a woman's blood curdling scream and the woman said the
of the day is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic nomination for governor. analysts will be looking at results to see there is any way democrats can win come november in a deeply red state. >>> this morning, there are bad numbers for both parties. nearly seven in ten americans say republicans are out of touch with their needs. this from a new washington post abc news poll that puts the gop well below mark for the democrats. on the issue, democrats hold a slight edge when it comes to helping the middle class and health care policy. voters are split evenly on who is best for the economy. but all of that isn't translating into an advantage for the democrats, especially in the closely divided senate. half the voters in state where senate elections say they prefer a republican candidate. and 42% say they vote for a democrat. >>> we now take you to south africa where it is day two of the trial of blade runner olympian oscar pistorius accused of murdering his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp. nbc's chapman bell is in pretoria, south africa, covering the trial. wha
colors, voters head to the polls in the lone star state. gubernatorial candidate wendy davis is already looking ahead to november and the third wheel in the race, ted nugent. >> we're all responsible for our actions and he has reflected by associating himself with a person like ted nugent, what his values really are. >>> oscar pistorius breaks down in court during day two in the murder trial of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the victim's mother speaks out about seeing the blade runner face to face for first time in court. >> i wanted to see oscar face to face and that he would know that i was there.
have a good candidate. >> that candidate is state senator wendy davis who came to fame last year for her 11-hour filibuster of texas' new abortion law. she faces just one opponent in today's primary, and the latest ut texas tribune poll shows her with an 87% advantage. her battle will be squaring off against her republican challenger, current state attorney general greg abbott. according to real clear politics which calculates the average of public polls, abbott leads davis by more than 11 points in a general election matchup. he is up against three opponents in the primary, but polls show him with 90% support. >> they're going to win their primaries and they're going to have a straight shot at the general election. and both of them will have enough funds to make their case. >> voters are also picking their candidates for u.s. senate. republican incumbent senator john corner is seeking re-election. facing a field of seven other challengers, though he's leading and should avoid a run-off. on the democratic side, former congressional candidate keisha rogers is the front runner acco
texans turned out to an urban primary. most of this can be attributed to the wendy davis campaign. she's scene as the best hope for governor in 20 years. early returns from the primary show that she's well on her way to winning. however, in november, this will be a much different story. that's when davis will face-off with her highly favored republican proponent, attorney general, greg abbot. he's currently at 11 points ahead of her in the polls, and i think it's safe to say that most of the excitement for the governor's race is still to come. >> there are tea party candidates vying to win house seats from long-held incumbents, and how is that going? >> congressman, pete sessions, and john foreigner, are facing tea party challenges, and early on, it was thought that it would be a testing ground for the tea party's strength. and it appears that it's going to be a showdown with the challengers puttering out of contention early on in the game. they didn't have much name recognition to begin with, and through the early returns, it looks like the incumbents are safe. >> and the oldest memb
will face off against wendy davis, widely expected to win the democratic primary. she, by the way, is the first female gubnatoril nominee since ann richards in '94. >> kentucky's top. the state's attorney general, the number 2 refused to file an appeal. as erika pitzy shows us seven tones general have taken similar steams. >> jack conway choked tears as he explained why he would not represent the state in its appeal to defend a ban on same-sex marriage. >> the final analysis, i had to make a decision i could be proud of. for me now, and for my daughter's judgment in the future. >> his decision is at odd's with steve bashear but his stanchion is in line with a february decision from u.s. district judge john hayburn who called kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional because it treated gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them. the governor is appealing that position saying he would hire other counsel to represent it in this case though he added same-sex marriage in states should be ultimately decided by the u.s. supreme court in order to bring fina
it raised to $10.10 an hour. this comes a day after the budget. >>> texas state senator wendy davis becoming the first female nominee for governor in texas since ann richards. she'll now face texas attorney general greg abbott who won the republican nomination. also george p. bush taking the republican case for texas land commissioner and john cornyn turning back a tea party challenge. >>> in hillary clinton decides to run in 2016, a new poll finds she may have support from a somewhat unlikely group, republicans. 8% of republicans said there is a good chance they would vote for her. 8%. 17% says there was some chance they would vote for her. 74% says, no chance at all. mrs. clinton will speak to cleej students at an event at ucla today. >>> a woman was killed in a huge gas leak and explosion in new jersey. they were unable to identify the woman found near a car. seven other people were injured in the accident. dozens of homes were damaged. >>> so an asteroid is on the way and it's going to pass closer to earth than the moon. it's going to happen today around 4:00 p.m. eastern. experts say it
were going to be hurt by the comments has opened up a wider lead, an 11-point lead over wendy davis. i think the democrats went a little bit too hard to try to destroy greg abbott because of his relationship with ted cruz or i should say with ted nugent. it may be backfiring on them today. >> that's an incredible thing if it's true. that he would actual see the poll numbers. go up on the basis of that. >> yeah, i think they overblayed it. i do. i think people in texas that know ted nugent and know what to expect from him and take him with a grain of salt saw them try to destroy greg abbott many believe is a good man and think they may be overplayed their hand. >> that's an interesting question about how they're playing their hand, paul, because there wasn't just the mon grew comment in the comment that ted nugent originally made. he also used the word chimpanzee in i away that seemed to refer pretty clearly to the president. i wanted to play that exchange to you for your reaction because you're part of it, paul. >> i call my buddies in my band chimpanzees when they miss a good guitar l
, abbott, the republican state attorney general, has an 11-point lead over state senator wendy davis. it's abbott, 47. ms. davis, 36. that raises the question why abbott felt the need to campaign with a ted nugent at his side. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] we'll cook all day today, but we're not staying in the kitchen. just start the slow cooker, add meat and pour in campbell's slow cooker sauce. by the time you get home, dinner is practically done. and absolutely delicious. everyone is cooking with new campbell's slow cooker sauces. >>> welcome back to "hardball." what happened at the white house after the country's governs met there with the president yesterday. it's been getting a loft attention, not all good for louisiana governor bobby jindal. in case you missed it, here is what happened. as usual, the governors sounded themes of bipartisanship and camaraderie until jindal took the microphone. jindal broke the kumbahyah spirit taking aim at the president, particularly his push for a federal minimum wage of $10.10, provoking dannel malloy of connecticut to jump in to chal
wendy davis. it's abbott, 47. ms. davis, 36. that raises the question why abbott felt the need to campaign with a ted nugent at his side. we'll be right back. you've tried to forget your hepatitis c. it's slow moving, you tell yourself. i have time. after all there may be no symptoms for years. no wonder you try to push it to the back of your mind and forget it. but here's something you shouldn't forget. hepatitis c is a serious disease. if left untreated, it could lead to liver damage and potentially even liver cancer. if you are one of the millions of people with hepatitis c, you haven't been forgotten. there's never been a better time to rethink your hep c. because people like you may benefit from scientific advances. advances that could help you move on from hep c. now is the time to rethink hep c and talk to your doctor. visit hepchope.com to find out about treatment options. and register for a personalized guide to help you prepare for a conversation with your doctor. then don't miss sleep train's wbest rest event.st ever? you'll find sleep train's very best mattresses at
about texas. it's been a critical battleground since wendy davis has been nick named abortion barbie. what's your group's next step in texas? >> well, texas is a really important state. important to me because it's my home state. it is a state where planned parenthood has been a health care provider for 75 years. we are one of the largest providers of preventive health care but over the last few years under governor perry there's been an all-out assault on women's access. thousands have lost access to basic preventive care. these are issues that are going to be front and center in the gubernatorial race and down ballot races and very clear distinction between senator davis and her opponent and i believe that again, women are paying attention in a way in texas that perhaps they haven't since my mom ran for governor a couple of decades ago. >> and i am a fan of hers personally, cecile richards, thanks for taking time to join us. we'll follow your fight on this closely. >> thanks a bunch. welcome. >> first, before we return to abortion issues, we have to get through the rest of today's
this year and on one hand, wendy davis is sparking a lot of national interest, raising a lot in the gubernatorial race, yet you were telling me, the party is still not a strong party in the state of texas if its u.s. senate nominee is going to end up being a leroux. the fact they have to fight and spend money from getting the nomination, that's what parties that have no chance in a state have to do. >> look, this is a fluke. we didn't get anybody well known to run for the senate. there's a woman with a short last name, she wants to impeach the president. we're working hard, the party is working hard to make sure she's not the nominee, but look at the governor's race, we're going to have the first really well funded candidate in a long time. i think she's got a shot. it's a self fulfilling prophesy we can't win if we don't run. we have a good candidate, we have to run. >> senator, you eluded to it a minute ago about the future of the republicans, and that is, here's a state that demographically if democrats do register a lot of these unregistered voters that are hispanics, you
last word" with lawrence o'donnell. have a great night. >> wendy davis just delivered her victory speech in the texas primary. we will bring that to you later. but first, world leaders are wondering if angela merkel is right and that vladimir putin has lost touched with reality. and hillary clinton just made her first public comments about the crisis in ukraine. >> major developments today in the volatile crisis in ukraine. >> russian troops amass in crimea. >> vladimir putin denies they're even russian. >> it was a bit of a r
in their primaries. gregg abbott and democrat state senator wendy davis will face off in november to replace governor rick perry. both of them making remarks. >> the blending of cultures in the lone star state works. we are one people, we are all texans. >> gregg abbott wants to dictate for tall women including victims of rape or insist the decisions they d rape or incest the decisions they should make. martha: . john cornyn won his race by a big margin. a massive explosion completely leafleaf d completely levels a o complex. gregg: a distraught mom drives a minivan into the ocean with her three young kid inside. martha: mitt romney's warningsis about russia were laughed out during the presidential campaign. including the president himself. but did he have it rate? >> there are moments i look down and shake my head and say i can't believe we lost to these guys. polident kills 99.99% of odor causing bacteria and helps dissolve stains. that's why i recommend polident. [ male announcer ] cleaner, fresher, brighter every day. gregg: one person is dead after a massive explosion in new jersey. it was a con
general greg abbott and state senator wendy davis cruised to primary wins. take a look. >> in calling the race for me tonight, i've become only the second female democratic gubernatorial candidate since ann richards. greg abbott? he wants to dictate for all women, including victims of rape or incest, the decisions that they should make. >> we must never forget that the rights that we have, they don't come from government. instead, those rights come from god. >> in a sign that the establishment versus tea party story line is far from over, not every incumbent republican escaped unscathed last night. lieutenant governor david dewhurst who lost the primary to ted cruz finished second with just 28% of the vote in a four-way race and heads to a runoff against houston state senator and conservative radio host dan patrick in an incredibly vulnerable position. >> there was an article today in washington, someone told me, that said the tea party was dead in texas. as john wayne would say, that'll be the day. the tea party is alive and well. >> i think you're going to discover that there's more
-off there. in the democratic race, wendy davis will face republican state attorney general greg abbott in the general election this november, after both sailed to primary wins down there. and the bush legacy continues. george p. bush, the son of former florida governor jeb bush, easily won the republican nomination for texas land commissioner, an elected job down there. >> do you give any advice from your dad? >> well, at the beginning of the effort, you know, he gave the best advice. that's just outhustle your competition. that's been the best advice i have gotten in the family. >> how about your uncle? >> you know, he always said texas is like its own country, and i was born in houston, went to texas schools. married a beautiful west texan, and my boy is a third generation, but until you put your name on a state-wide ballot, you don't fully get that sense. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? an apron is hard work. an apron is pride in what you do. an apron is not quitting until you've made something a little better. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? for
to replace people like rush holt. on tuesday, a major primary in texas, and democrats are rooting for wendy davis there. today, president obama meanwhile speaking to the dnc about what democrats should focus on. the speech is this afternoon and a white house aide said the president will say trickle down economics doesn't work, while the president believes the economy works best when grows from the middle out. >> i can't think of a time, for real, since i was elected in '72, where the majority of the american people agreed with us on every major issue we're for. so what are we worried about? >> got to love it when joe biden says "for real." republicans say trends favor the gop, which is true. their numbers are going to rebound and some of them, like this guy, are going to predict a wave election. >> i think if the election were held today, republicans would take the senate. i think there's a possibility that it is an election year on the order of magnitude of 2010. i think we could see a surprising pickup, and i think you're starting to see a lot of democrats get very, very nervous. >> and l
and yet the attacks on her are about her former husband's infidelity. you have a wendy davis running, for goodness sakes to be the governor of the state of texas and the question is whether or not she was a good enough mother or she's being called abortion barbie by her detractors. those are the consequences about not having women make the decisions about what to cover. >> absolutely. i think it's deep and it's stereotypical. i think in a way many of the men who are in power now were raised by women and that was the last time they saw a powerful woman. so when they see another one, they feel they've been regressed to 8, you know? >> yeah. let me ask you for some sort of forward leaning steps. what do you think will begin to change this situation? it's a really dismal situation we find in 2014? >> well, again, i think it comes from everywhere. you know, the question is not what we should do, but that we should do whatever we can. nonetheless, i think the gender gap and the race gap in voting is huge. i mean, say in arizona now the question is what the governor is going to do next. she
against women. wendyect example was the davis filibustering texas. wendy davis is now going to become the democratic governor candidate for governor. on the floor and filibustered a bill, but we never hear what the bill was. stop abortionto after 20 weeks. wendy davis was attacking the republican war on women. thatendures a couple angers many republicans, and they want to lash out. rand paul was tempted to say that if we are going to talk about the mythical war on women, what about the actual record or bill clinton? i do not think that is going to play as a political issue in the reality. remember, in the video , they say theoned hell are you clinton should be judged on her record. she has been in public life long enough that her record is very varied. there were a lot of scandals of the clinton years. there was filegate, a lot of fbi files wandered over to the white house. beingork we did after accused unfairly of crimes at the white house. there was the health care tax force, that was recently being hidden from the public despite being available at the clinton library. there are man
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